Digital Hardcore Recordings

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Digital Hardcore Recordings
DHRlogo.png
Founded 1994
Founder Joel Amaretto
Alec Empire
Pete Lawton
Genre Digital hardcore
Country of origin United Kingdom
Location London, England
Official website http://www.digitalhardcore.com

Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) is a record label set up in 1994 by Alec Empire, Joel Amaretto and Pete Lawton. Most of the music is recorded in Berlin, though the label is based in London where the records are mastered and manufactured. The funds for setting up the label came from the payment which Atari Teenage Riot received for their aborted record deal with the major UK record label Phonogram Records.

The label is acclaimed for its articulation of the digital hardcore style of music - "Digital hardcore" is used not only to refer to the record label itself, but to the genre that its artists helped to create. Several artists to this day, though not affiliated with the DHR label, would classify themselves as digital hardcore, tangible proof of DHR's solid influence on the industrial/electronic scene as well as on the rock/metal-scene.

In 1995 DHR released its first album (they had previously only released a 12" in 1994) and a compilation, Harder Than The Rest. Digital Hardcore Festival events were held in several German cities, and the Suicide Club in Berlin, run by a friend of ATR, provided a platform to new bands such as EC8OR. The word about DHR spread to underground scenes in Japan, USA, Australia and Europe. BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel heard about DHR and invited Atari Teenage Riot to play in London.

In 1996 DHR made a distribution deal for the US on the Beastie Boys' Grand Royal label then DHR toured there and South East Asia. Atari Teenage Riot toured in support of bands such as Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Beck, Rage Against the Machine and Wu-Tang Clan. In 1997 Atari Teenage Riot, Shizuo and Ec8or embarked on a Digital Hardcore tour of the United States.

In 1998 DHR established an office in New York and its studios in Berlin. In the ensuing years Atari Teenage Riot came under a lot of pressure, amongst other reasons because of member Carl Crack's psychosis (and subsequent death). By 2000 the Berlin music scene in which DHR had found its place was declining, Atari Teenage Riot disbanded and no new groups or artists were being signed to DHR. At the end of that year Alec Empire decided to restructure DHR and began work on a new album.

In 2001 Empire released Intelligence and Sacrifice and played shows in the US. He became aware of the growing digital hardcore scene there, releasing a compilation of American bands on DHR entitled Don’t Fuck With Us!

Although at present the label is seen as less influential than it was in the 1990s, DHR is nevertheless recognised for its role in the emergence of breakcore, as well as promoting music its artists believed in.

Discography[edit]

EPs, singles and videos[edit]

Cat No. Title Artist Format Year
DHR 1 Digital Hardcore EP Alec Empire 12" 1994
DHR 2 Uzi Party EP DJ Bleed 12" 1994
DHR 3 Suburban Soundtracks Pt. 1 Sonic Subjunkies 12" 1994
DHR 4 Death EP Alec Empire 12" 1994
DHR 5 Turntable Terrorist EP Sonic Subjunkies 12" 1995
DHR 6
DHR MCD 6
Show EP Hanin Elias 12"
CD
1996
DHR 7 Destroy Berlin! Christoph de Babalon 12" 1996
DHR 8
DHR MCD 8
AK-78 EC8OR 12"
CD
1996
DHR 9
DHR MCD 9
Spex Is A Fat Bitch EC8OR 12"
CD
1996
DHR 10
DHR MCD 10
Speed/Midijunkies Atari Teenage Riot 12"
CD
1995
DHR 11
DHR MCD 11
Kids Are United E.P. Atari Teenage Riot 12"
CD
1995
DHR 12
DHR MCD 12
Sick to Death E.P. Atari Teenage Riot 12"
CD
1997
DHR 14
DHR MCD 14
High On Emotion EP Shizuo 12"
CD
1996
DHR 15
DHR MCD 15
Destroy 2000 Years of Culture Atari Teenage Riot 12"
CD
1997
DHR 16
DHR MCD 16
Seven Up EP Christoph de Babalon 12"
CD
1997
DHR 17
DHR MCD 17
New Kick E.P. Shizuo 12"
CD
1997
DHR MCD 18 Until Everything Explodes EC8OR CD 1997
DHR 19
DHR MCD 19
Human Distortion 16-17 12"
CD
1998
DHR 20 Choice of the Righteous Bomb 20 12" 1996
DHR 21
DHR MCD 21
Flip Burgers or Die!!!!! Bomb 20 12"
CD
1998
DHR 22
DHR MCD 22
White Heat Nic Endo 12"
CD
1998
DHR 23 Right Into A Kick For More Cobra Killer 7" 1998
DHR 24
DHR MCD 24
Revolution Action Atari Teenage Riot 12"
CD
1999
DHR 25
DHR MCD 25
In Flames EP Hanin Elias 12"
CD
1999
DHR 26
DHR MCD 26
Too Dead For Me EP Atari Teenage Riot 12"
CD
1999
DHR 27
DHR MCD 27
Rage E.P. Atari Teenage Riot 12"
CD
2000
DHR 28
DHR MCD 28
Hot Lips, Wet Pants/I Luv Speed Lolita Storm 7"
CD
1999
DHR 29
DHR MCD 29
In Flames (Remix EP) Hanin Elias 12"
CD
2000
DHR 30
DHR MCD 30
Red Hot Riding Hood Lolita Storm 7"
CD
2000
DHR 31
DHR MCD 31
Dynamite EC8OR 12"
CD
2000
DHR 32
DHR MCD 32
Rage ATR 12"
CD
2000
DHR MCD 33 Sick Slits Lolita Storm CD 2001
DHR MCD 34 Kill Life Fidel Villeneuve CD 2001
DHR MCD 35
DHR MCD 35 P
Shards of Pol-Pottery: The 2001 Remixes Alec Empire and El-P CD
12"
2001
DHR 36 Digital Hardcore Videos various VHS 2001
DHR MCD 38
DHR MCD 38 CD2
Addicted to You Alec Empire CD1
CD2
2002
DHR DVD 39 Death Favours the Enemy: Live 2002 Alec Empire DVD 2002
DHR 40
DHR MCD 40
DHR MCD 40 CD2
The Ride Alec Empire 12"
CD1
CD2
2002
DHR MCD 41 Eat, Drink, Sleep, Think Motormark CD 2004
DHR MCD 42 Reach Panic DHH CDr 2004
DHR MCD 43 Gotta Get Out! Alec Empire CD 2005
DHR 44 ER
DHR MCD 44 ER
Kiss Of Death Alec Empire 7"
CD
2005

Albums[edit]

Cat No. Title Artist Format Year
DHR CD 1
DHR LP 1
1995 Atari Teenage Riot CD
LP
1995
DHR CD 1 Delete Yourself! Atari Teenage Riot CD 1995
DHR CD 2
DHR LP 2
Harder Than The Rest various CD
2xLP
1995
DHR CD 3
DHR LP 3
EC8OR (CD/2xLP) EC8OR CD
2xLP
1995
DHR CD 4
DHR LP 4
The Destroyer Alec Empire CD
2xLP
1996
DHR CD 5
DHR LP 5
The Horrible Plans Of Flex Busterman The Horrible Plans Of Flex Busterman CD
2xLP
1997
DHR CD 6
DHR LP 6
The Future of War Atari Teenage Riot CD
2xLP
1997
DHR CD 7
DHR LP 7
Shizuo vs. Shizor Shizuo CD
2xLP
1997
DHR CD 8
DHR LP 8
If You're Into It, I'm Out Of It Christoph de Babalon CD
2xLP
1997
DHR CD 9
DHR LP 9
World Beaters EC8OR CD
LP
1998
DHR CD 10
DHR LP 10
Riot Zone various CD
2xLP
1997
DHR CD 11
DHR LP 11
Squeeze the Trigger Alec Empire CD
2xLP
1997
DHR CD 12
DHR LP 12
Death Breathing DJ 6666 featuring The Illegals CD
2xLP
1998
DHR CD 14
DHR LP 14
Curse of the Golden Vampire Curse of the Golden Vampire CD
2xLP
1998
DHR CD 15
DHR LP 15
Field Manual Bomb 20 CD
2xLP
1998
DHR CD 16
DHR LP 16
The Destroyer Alec Empire CD
2xLP
1998
DHR CD 17 You've Got The Fucking Power various CD 1998
DHR CD 18
DHR LP 18
Cobra Killer Cobra Killer CD
LP
1998
DHR CD 19
DHR LP 19
Too Bad But True Fever CD
LP
1998
DHR CD 20
DHR LP 20
60 Second Wipe Out Atari Teenage Riot CD
2xLP
1999
DHR CD 2021
DHR LP 2021
60 Second Wipe Out/
Live in Philadelphia Dec. 1997
Atari Teenage Riot 2xCD
3xLP
1999
DHR CD 21
DHR LP 21
Live in Philadelphia Dec. 1997 Atari Teenage Riot CD
LP
1999
DHR CD 22
DHR LP 22
In Flames (1995–1999) Hanin Elias CD
LP
1999
DHR CD 23
DHR LP 23
Girls Fucking Shit Up Lolita Storm CD
LP
2000
DHR LP 24 Hitler2000 Patric Catani 2xLP 2000
DHR CD 25 60 Second Wipe Out Atari Teenage Riot Enhanced CD 2000
DHR CD 26 Attitude PC8 Patric Catani CD 2000
DHR CD 27
DHR LP 27
The One and Only High and Low EC8OR CD
LP
2000
DHR CD 28 Live at Brixton Academy Atari Teenage Riot CD
LP
2000
DHR CD 29 Intelligence and Sacrifice Alec Empire 2xCD 2002
DHR CD 30 In Flames (1995–1999) Hanin Elias Enhanced CD 2000
DHR CD 31 DIY-Fest various CD 2001
DHR CD 33 Don't F**k With Us various 3xCD 2002
DHR CD 34 Redefine the Enemy! Atari Teenage Riot CD 2002
DHR CD 38 Burn, Berlin, Burn! Atari Teenage Riot CD 2003
DHR CD 39 Panic Drives Human Herds Panic DHH CD 2004
DHR CD 40 ER Futurist Alec Empire CD 2005
DHR CD 41 Chrome Tape Motormark CD 2004
DHR CD 42
DHR LP 42
Atari Teenage Riot: 1992-2000 Atari Teenage Riot CD
2xLP
2006

DHR Limited series[edit]

Cat No. Title Artist Format Year
DHR LTD CD 001
DHR LTD 001
Funk Riot Beat Death Funk CD
LP
1997
DHR LTD MCD 002
DHR LTD 002
No Safety Pin Sex E.P. Alec Empire CD
12"
1997
DHR LTD MCD 003
DHR LTD 003
Snuff Out Patric Catani CD
12"
1997
DHR LTD MCD 004
DHR LTD 004
Fuck Step '98 Shizuo CD
LP
1998
DHR LTD CD 005
DHR LTD 005
Black Ark Carl Crack CD
LP
1998
DHR LTD MCD 006
DHR LTD 006
100 DPS Patric Catani CD
LP
1998
DHR LTD MCD 007
DHR LTD 007
Live at the Suicide Club 8-7-95 Sonic Subjunkies CD
12"
1998
DHR LTD CD 008
DHR LTD 008
We Punk Einheit! Nintendo Teenage Robots CD
2xLP
1999
DHR LTD CD 009
DHR LTD 009
Miss Black America Alec Empire CD
LP
1999
DHR LTD 010 Gimme Nyquil All Night Long/I Won't Pay EC8OR 7" 2000
DHR LTD 11 Clear and Present Danger Vol. 1:
Digital Hardcore Recordings vs Invisible Records
various CD 2001
DHR LTD CD 12 DHR LTD12 CD various CD 2000
DHR LTD CD 011 Bleeding in Circles Heartworm CD 2002
DHR LTD CD 012 Live CBGB's NYC 1998 Alec Empire vs. Merzbow CD 2003
DHR LTD CD 014 The CD2 Sessions Alec Empire CD 2003
DHR LTD CD 015 Introduction to Global Stupidity Tuareg Geeks CDr 2005

DHR online shop exclusives[edit]

Cat No. Title Artist Format Year
DHR MAIL 1 Live At CBGB's New York City 4-11-98 Alec Empire CDr 2004
DHR MAIL 10 The Destroyer Mix Tape #3/98 Alec Empire CDr 2004
DHR MAIL 11 The Destroyer Mix Tape #4/04 Alec Empire CDr 2004
DHR MAIL 12 Live At The Suicide Club 1995 Alec Empire CDr 2006

DHR official tape series[edit]

Cat No. Title Artist Format Year
DHR OTS 000001 Live in Stuttgart (One-Off Shit Let's Go!) Atari Teenage Riot cassette 1996
DHR OTS 000010 Noise, Dropouts and No Music Kill:Out Trash cassette 1996
DHR OTS 000011 Killed by Lies Test Tube Kid cassette 1996

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